Tour operators: the closure of Greek resorts before the end of April will not hit tourism
The Association of Tourism Enterprises of Greece (SETE) announced the closure of Greek hotels and resorts until April 30. However, according to tour operators, this measure will not hit the country's tourism.
“Only beach hotels are closed, while city hotels, including Athens ones, are operating as usual,” said Alexander Tsandekidi, Director General of Mouzenidis Travel.
According to the managing director of Tez Tour Greece Dimitris Haritidis, seasonal hotels were closed before the end of April, “the main thing for us is that they should be allowed to begin operations by the beginning of the high season”.
Hotels that are open year-round, most likely, can themselves decide to close for some time, said Anatoly Garkushin, director general of Pantheon tour operator. “The current ban on visiting museums, public areas, restaurants also expires before the high season begins - March 28,” the source added. “But no one knows whether the ban will be extended.” Pantheon’s partners in Athens recommend excursion trips across mainland Greece to be postponed to a later date.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.